So this week is a very exciting week here at Long to Love. Currently, I’m floating on a cruise ship with 2,000 of my nearest and dearest friends. Since I don’t have internet, I’ve arranged for a different guest poster each day. Isn’t that exciting?!? So, to start things off, we have my sweet friend Camden. When she sent me her post and I saw Maria Von Trapp at the top, I knew it was off to a fabulous start…
Let me preface this post by acknowledging that it is largely influenced by a
sermon I heard this past Sunday by a guest pastor at Church of the Advent in Washington, D.C. (6/27). From what I learned Sunday, this verse refers to a time when travelers had to pass through hills filled with various kinds of dangers (thieves, etc.) to get to Jerusalem to worship. Before passing through, one can imagine their fear in looking up to the hills, wondering what might befall them as they made this treacherous journey, and how they could pass through safely.
While most of us may not fear mountain traveling, I think we can all relate to the overall theme of this psalm: fear of the unknown. Whether it’s an uncertainty as broad as learning your life’s purpose or as specific as searching for a new job or resolving a relationship difficulty, we’ve all questioned and feared the outcome of unknown circumstances:
“God, what will happen? How can this possibly work out? How will I do this?”
At times, such fears can not only steal our joy; they can also paralyze, hinder, and isolate… But wait, there’s more!
In all things now and in the future, we are not alone. How fortunate and blessed are we to have an all-knowing Savior, a helper, who is watching over us, never slumbering nor sleeping (Psalm 121), determining our steps (Proverbs 16:9)? So that with good courage we say, “The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:6)
Ironically, for me, just returning from a conference located in the hills of Salzburg, Austria, location of the classic movie The Sound of Music, throughout the sermon on Sunday I kept envisioning the opening scene, wishing I could mimic Julie Andrews, who not only faces the hills, but frolics through them with a passion and vigor like no other (see above picture from the movie).
Wherever you are today, remember who is in control, who is towering over whatever “mountain” you may be facing, and that with faith and the power of God, we have the ability to move not just hills, but mountains
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Lord, please speak peace to my heart today about any fears, uncertainties, or troubles I may be facing. Help me to remember that you know the plans you have for me, and in all things, both now and in the future, you are with me, in control, and working for the good of those who love you. Amen.